Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The deep ebony color, voluptuous mahogany head and bold, roasty flavors in our Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout are what serious beer drinkers expect from this style. Aromas of freshly baked bread, espresso, and dried cherries meld seamlessly with rich toffee flavors and a creamy mouth feel to create an unparalleled drinking experience.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

First things first. Uh, folks, do *NOT* pour this beer vigorously!!! Follow-up question to that statement - How do you measure head size when you run out of fingers?!?!. Opaque black, but this will take some time to pour the rest into the glass. Ridiculously large head, if you didn't get that by now, easily the biggest I've seen on a stout.

Aroma - smells 'stouty' enough with the roasted malts, coffee notes, etc., but there seems to be a fruity, sugary smell, like PEZ candy.

Taste - this is one unique stout. Very carbonated, not near as thick as I'd have thought. Fine roasted coffee flavor. I think the hops are trying to make their presence known. The dark malts, the roastiness, they repress the bitterness, but not the fruitiness that I picked up on the nose. This stout has a significant floral taste to it, very out of the ordinary. Finishes with charcoal, espresso, and then a dry hoppy aftertaste, but still not very bitter. More alcohol vapor taste in the mouth as it warms, mixes well with the smoky charcoal taste..

Mouthfeel - not within style, I'm not sure why. There's plenty of flavor here, I'd think the oatmeal would make this thicker, but it doesn't. It's smooth, but I want more body. This could be a Top Beer in my book if it had more weight to it.

Drinkability - It's only 5.7%, and until the novelty wears off, I'd drink the hell out of it. This beer represents, in a bottle, why I like to try new beers. I like to find the ones that are not necessarily the front runner of the style, but are certainly the most unique.

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Photo of webbcreative
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with some ruby color around the edges when held to the light.

Aroma - chocolate....sweet chocolate. Not getting any oatmeal aromas.

Taste Sweet and chocolate - really tastes like a sweet stout with some more chocolate flavor. I do get some oat flavor from this but not a great deal.

Mouthfeel is a nice medium and creamy to boot.

Overall this is an excellent oatmeal stout for my tastes - probably my favorite as it is more of an oatmeal - sweet stout mix. mmm

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Photo of Bang34
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite stout-and I have only had it out of the bottle, can't imagine how good it would be out of a tap. I have had it in a six pack and in the 22 ouncer-to me the 22 ouncers tasted better, maybe i just bough a bad six pack batch. Smooth drinking but you should sip it and enjoy the amazing taste. A hint of coffee with chocolaty aftertones. Nice creamy brown head on top of a opague black brew when you poor it but I like it right out of the bottle-then folks know that you are drinking a high quality beer.

I am from Mendocino County and lived about 45 minutes from where this beer is brewed. I love almost all their beers-check 'em out.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass somewhere between cellar and fridge temperature.

Barney Flats is a deep brown color with redish highlights and smooth off-white head. It settles quickly leaving no lace behind.

Aroma is sweet and roasty with a hint of chocolate.

Flavor is a really nice blend of caramel/chocolate sweetness combined with a rich roasty coffee. A bit of smoke rounds everything out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth. The balance is spot on.

Overall a very nice oatmeal stout. This beer reminds me that I need to try more six-pack beers instead of focusing on bombers and special releases. This one is just as special.

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Photo of descartes
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 Fluid Ounce bottle.

Apperance: Black body with brownish red head which quickly dissipates.
Smell: Toasted grain, chocolate and slight carmel reminds on of the Chimay blue.
Taste:Heavy roasted front with strong hops aftertaste.
Drinkability: More more more!

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Photo of bashiba
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark black with just a touch of dark ruby highlights. Had a nice inch of dark brown head that quickly turned into a thin brown ring.

Had a nice big chocolate and coffee smell with a bit of sweet cereal.

The flavor followed the smell nicely with a nice blast of chocolate and coffee with a slightly sweet oatmeal taste. A slightly burnt and smokey finish even the beer out nicely with just a hint of fresh pine hops.

The mouthfeel was creamy and light with lots of carbonation and a long sticky finish.

Very Solid Oatmeal stout, easy to drink, but still had plenty of flavor.

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Photo of ODBRIP
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark beautiful oatmeal stout color. smell is amazing..chocolatey, malty...smells like you've just entered 'flavor country.'
the description on the side of the bottle is very apt, so if you read it in the store you can believe it. complex chocolate malty flavor, nice smooth finish, slighlty sweet...but also dry and a nice dose of hops.

kick ass!

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark brown color; almost black. Poured a 1 finger brown creamy head that dissipated to a skim. Webs of lace.

S: Sweet toasted malts; coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Consistent with nose. The middle has hints of vanilla and burnt caramel, but remains sweet. Smooth, rich and creamy.

M: Medium to full body. Low carbonation. Thick, creamy and coating.

D: Very flavorful and smooth. Not really filling thought feels like a really big beer.

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Photo of weasbri
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep black color, decent lacing, though the head doesn't stick around long.
Nice roasty aroma, not a typical "beer smell" like my wife hates (which I interpret as roasted malt), but more like roasted coffee maybe.
Really nice flavor, finishes nice for a stout too, not too overpowering. Still packs a lot in, some malty sweetness, a good amount of hop bitterness to go with the roasted coffee. The coffee flavor lingers in the mouth a bit for a fine finish.
I tried this one out since it knocked off one of my favorite stouts, Bell's Kalamazoo, in the Washington Post Beer Madness. Not sure whether I'd pick it over that one, but still a fine specimen.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can poured into an Anderson Valley Brewing Company shaker pint

A: Very dark, nice tan head, lacing, head looks creamy, nice carbonation streaming off the bottom, looks like coffee in a shaker pint.

A: Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, no alcohol, slight oat on the aroma, mostly a roasted aroma on the nose, smells really good.

T: Roasted coffee up front, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, caramel, oats coming through, alcohol is well hidden, taste outstanding.

M: Great mouthfeel, silky smooth, very fluffy mouthfeel, finishes dry.

O: One of my favorite go to beers. I would rank this beer up there with Sam Smith's Oatmeal stout, creamy, smooth, roasted coffee, chocolate, nice dry finish, just a great oatmeal stout. This is a beer I can't refuse to drink, a regular and definitely worth a try and worthy of being a regular for oatmeal stout lovers.

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Photo of kcbearkat
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Full Sail pint glass.

A: This beer pours thick with a one finger hazelnut brown head that disappears quickly. Color is a dark brown with little light penetration.

S: This thing smells like the burnt sugar crust of a creme brulee but also with a warm, toasted nut smell.

T: Flavorful beer with roasted chocolate malt flavor, slight nuttiness in the middle and a dry semisweet chocolate finish. It finishes dry on the palate, begging for another sip.

M: Creamy goodness with medium carbonation.

O: One of my all time favorite regular brews. I wish we could get it more in TX but until then I'll keep trading for it.

Happy International Stout Day!

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Photo of lwillitz
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - beautifully cascading bubbles as it pours, 3 fingers of foamy dark tan head atop a beautiful stout black body with red/orange highlights; superior head retention and beautiful lacing

S - rich roast malts, coffee, lactic notes, sweet molasses, smoky; complex and inviting

T - bittersweet roast malts, earthy hops in the background, smoke, notes of coffee, roast malt flavor lingers for a bittersweet finish; delightfully complex

M - oily medium body, low/medium carbonation, silky smooth; thinner than it looks, but not bad

O - Everything is pretty close to perfect except the mouthfeel, which could stand to be a touch heavier. The only real downside here is the price tag.

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Photo of sdawson
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Anderson Valley's Barney Flats pours thick and black. There's quite a bit more lacing than usual for a stout with this one, and it stays throughout. It smells of deep bittersweet cocoa and sweetened coffee -- all said, not the complexest of scents, but it works well for the style nonetheless. There's a slightly surprising kick of citrus fruit bitterness on the palate with this one, which is soon followed by deep dry, roasted coffee notes. More appealing still is the texture -- this perfectly displays the oatmeal stouts ability to yield a silky, slippery, yet still full-bodied brew. The ample carbonation, while I would not have expected it to, truly works in this beer's favor.

When the trend right now is to make all stouts monster brews packed with high ABV and intense flavors, Barney Flats surprises, and makes a clear win, by managing to be both subtle and complex. It's definitely a beer to sip and relax to, at a great price.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oatmeal stout in a can? Gotta love that...

Pours a beautiful black color with a nice fluffy tan-brown head, which doesnt seem to stick around very long.

The aroma of chocolate literally leaps out of the glass at me as I'm first pouring the beer. I also notice notes of toffee, malts, and maybe even some dark fruit buried deep in there somewhere.

The flavor is chocolatey and malty up front, almost like a milkshake. It finishes with a more robust, roasty, almost smokey finish.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Glad I bought atleast a 6er of them and not just a single. I hope to find tomorrow that there is still some of it left on the shelf.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is very nice. It has a lot of nice roast with a tad of coffee beans and a healthy mixture of raisins, currants, plums, and figs.

Appearance is spot on, it's dark dark brown, when held to the light there is a lighter brown hue that takes over the color. The head is a nice frothy tan with attractive lacing.

Whoa! The taste on Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is incredible! The bitterness isn't harsh at all, it's very smooth. Light roast flavors dominate here, like toasted biscotti dunked in coffee.

Incredibly smooth mouthfeel as well, lower carbonation levels allowed me to enjoy the beer for what it was, and the lighter body was also surprising. I love this beer overall.

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Photo of shaunb81
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Looks really nice. Pours jet black with a cream, 1" head. Lacing is great.

Smell - Sweet and Roasted malts accompanied by nuts, cocoa, dark fruits, and oats.

Taste - Wow! Some sweetness on the front tip followed by some chocolate and oats. Hops are a bit dry and there is a slight fruitiness.

Mouth - Body is lighter than I wish it was. Carbonation is light and it gets a bit dry after a bit.

Overall - This is damn good stuff. Really drinkable. It lost some points due to the body being so light, but it makes up for it in taste and smell. Buy on sight.

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Photo of Arthuros
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite fizzy. Reminiscent of Guinness with strong chocolate taste and smell of oatmeal. Almost no foam.
PS : Was recommended to us as a breakfast beer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance is pitch black with a tan head. The aroma is malt driven and matches the taste, excellent oatmeal stout.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured very thick and viscose yielding a dark opaque, near black color with a dense, rocky bone white head sitting atop which stuck around for awhile before leaving a good streaky lacing.

S: sweet roasted chocolate and oates with some light fresh coffee hints.

T: The initial flavor had a big chocolate backing with creamy oats, milk chocolate, sweet roasted grains and dark molasses. Some light coffee notes and an earthy bitterness.

M: full bodied, creamy, and extremely smooth and silky with a great lingering roasted character.

D: Very good, can definitely down a couple of these no problem. Six pack worthy and a great example per style that should bring many a future enjoyment.

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Photo of Phatz
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful oatmeal stout in every way. I am a fan of the style and a fan of this beer! Thanks froggyfrog for sharing this one.

Appearance: This beer looked black to me with a light chocolate brown head.

Smell: Dark roasty malts, espresso and a hint of chocolate.

Taste: This is what beer is all about. When it enters your mouth and time seems to go in slow motion, like the caramel topping on a commercial takes forever to drip down around the ice-cream, the slow-motion effect happens when a beer is both rich in body and flavor. The burnt caramel, espresso, dark malt, oat flavor drizzled over my tongue in slow motion. This is the sensation that heaven will be like =) This beer is so well balanced with just the perfect hoppy finish I don't have words to describe.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is velvety silky smooth. The texture is what the chocolate looks like when you go on the ride through Hershey’s Chocolate World.

Drinkability: Fat Dog step aside. I'm placing my order for Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got a free bottle of this to take home with me when I was getting a great tour of the brewery from my best friend Jon Passow, who is Barrel Operations Manager at Anderson Valley when I was visiting him and his wife in Mendocino County, CA recently. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color that has no interest in letting in any light to speak of. Has a tan head that is about an inch thick when first poured that eventually settles to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass and a few small swirls of foam on the beer's surface. I wish the lacing was a bit better though. Very nice roasted caramel malts, roasted coffee, and chocolate notes that are quite pleasant on the nose. the taste is pretty much the same, with excellent roasted caramel malt sweetness that gives way to some roasted coffee bitterness and a nice hint of chocolate sweetness and oatmeal that is all rounded out with a touch of hop bitterness. Not the most complex flavor profile, but damn good and oh so spot on for the style! Has a somewhat crisp, yet smooth, slightly prickly and sticky, medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Extremely drinkable, especially for this style. A quite enjoyable choice on my part on this cool summer night here in Cleveland. I will drink this again for sure. Worth a try for sure to say the least.


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Photo of Tone
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of oatmeal sweetness as well. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Really smooth and thick mouth feel. Carbonation level is average and the bitterness level is average as well. Tastes of a sweetness up front, from the oatmeal and chocolate. The roasted malts come through in the middle of the brew. A very slight hop bitterness is apparent in the finish. Overall, a smooth beer with multiple malt flavors throughout.

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Photo of dmarch
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a nice well-retained head. Aroma is very chocolatey with a bit of roasted quality. Taste is very sweet. Chocolate stands out the most. Slight floral hop taste in the finish, but overall a very sweet brew. There aren't many oatmeal stouts out there, but this one rivals even the most well known of them.

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Photo of RedBiddy
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW. Obsidian in color and a nice cloudy head. Overlapping lacing as it creeps down my glass. The taste is earthy with no hint of burnt grain as is common with some stouts. Sweet, chewy, with an evocation of sweaty love while driving on the interstate. Smooth and satisfying. One of my favorites.

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Photo of praufs01
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Black brew that has a creamy tan head.

Aroma - A little smoke and molasses.

Mouthfeel - The mouth feel is an enigma. It's a full bodied velvety smooth brew that turns slightly watery and wet before changing to a dry finish.

Taste - Light molasses flavor up front followed by a smoky flavor that gives way to a dry roasted oats taste. There is a light floral background that works its way through the taste from beginning to end.

Overall - One of the best stouts I've ever had. Super complex and sophisticated in taste and texture.

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,548 ratings.
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